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POSTED ON Thursday, 05.10.2012 / 2:20 PM
By Brad Boron - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog


Rewarded for his best amateur season to date, Blackhawks prospect and Saginaw Spirit left wing Brandon Saad was named an Ontario Hockey League First-Team All-Star on Wednesday, the league announced.

The year-end recognition, determined by a vote of OHL general managers, is the first for Saad, who joins the ranks of top-end NHL prospects including Dougie Hamilton and Tyler Toffoli on the first team. Nail Yakupov,  a potential first-overall selection in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, made the OHL's third team at right wing.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 05.10.2012 / 10:56 AM
By Leah Hendrickson - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
Every week, the Blackhawks Blog will feature fan tweets that reply to our official Twitter account @NHLBlackhawks mixed in with the tweets from some Blackhawks themselves! Send us your thoughts on the Blackhawks’ players, games and more, and you could be a contributor to our next “Tweet Sheet.”

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 05.09.2012 / 4:16 PM
By Emerald Gao and Leah Hendrickson - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
Viktor Stalberg (right) and Marcus Kruger (center) both tallied for Team Sweden in their 5-2 win over Germany today at the IIHF World Championship. (Getty Images)

The IIHF World Championship continued today with five Blackhawks putting in victorious efforts for their countries. Team Canada edged past Switzerland 3-2 in Helsinki, and host Sweden cruised by Germany in Stockholm. Marcus Kruger tallied, Niklas Hjalmarsson contributed an assist, and Viktor Stalberg scored and was named Best Player in a 5-2 victory for the Swedes.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 05.09.2012 / 11:19 AM
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
Mac Carruth and the Portland Winterhawks face a best-of-three situation against the Edmonton Oil Kings in the WHL Championship series. (Photo courtesy WHL/Bryan Heim)

The Western Hockey League Championship series between Portland and Edmonton has been a roller-coaster of momentum swings, marked by three one-goal affairs in the first four tilts. Blackhawks prospect Mac Carruth and the Winterhawks find themselves knotted with the Oil Kings at two games apiece and facing a best-of-three situation heading into the final turn of a high-flying season.

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POSTED ON Monday, 05.07.2012 / 4:38 PM
By Emerald Gao and Leah Hendrickson - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
Viktor Stalberg celebrates his first of two goals against Denmark on May 7. (Photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images)

The preliminary round of the IIHF World Championship continued today as all six Blackhawks participants saw action for their home countries. In Helsinki, Patrick Sharp was named Best Player in Team Canada’s 7-2 victory over France after a five-point performance, while Michael Frolik scored his first goal of the tournament as the Czech Republic downed Norway 4-3 in a shootout in Stockholm. Then, hosts Sweden defeated Denmark 6-4, getting a pair of goals by Viktor Stalberg, with Marcus Kruger contributing primary assists on both tallies and Niklas Hjalmarsson adding a helper as well.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 05.05.2012 / 3:53 PM
By Emerald Gao and Leah Hendrickson - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

The preliminary round of the 2012 IIHF World Championship continued Saturday as all six competing Blackhawks saw action. Duncan Keith forced overtime between Canada and the U.S. by scoring a game-tying goal with 1:49 left in regulation, but Team USA captain Jack Johnson found the net in sudden-death overtime to give the Americans a 5-4 victory in Helsinki. Later, Sweden defeated the Czech Republic 4-1 in Stockholm for their second consecutive victory to start the tournament.

The Canada vs. USA game was everything the rivalry showdown was anticipated to be. Despite going down 1-0 just over a minute into the game, the Canadians rebounded with an equalizer less than five minutes later. In the second period, Canada took their only lead of the night on a Jeff Skinner goal, assisted by John Tavares. Johnson knotted the score at 2-2 with a wrist shot on the power play midway through the period.

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POSTED ON Friday, 05.04.2012 / 2:40 PM
By Emerald Gao and Leah Hendrickson - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
Duncan Keith recorded an assist in Team Canada's 3-2 win against Slovakia to open the 2012 IIHF World Championship on Friday. (Getty Images)

Three Blackhawks saw IIHF World Championship action early Friday as Team Canada opened their tournament against Slovakia in Helsinki and the Czech Republic faced Denmark in Stockholm. Duncan Keith was named Best Player for Canada in their 3-2 victory, while Michael Frolik contributed an assist to his country's 2-0 win.

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POSTED ON Friday, 05.04.2012 / 8:02 AM
By Leah Hendrickson - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog


On Wednesday night, the New York Rangers defeated the Washington Capitals after not one, not two, but three overtime periods in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. As the Chicago Blackhawks are rather familiar with overtime playoff hockey, we give you The Friday Five: Overtime Edition.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 05.03.2012 / 3:37 PM
By Harvey Wittenberg - Web Contributor / The Blackhawks Blog


Stan Mikita and Bill White (above) tied an NHL playoff record by scoring two shorthanded goals in a period on May 3, 1973, in a 7-4 Stanley Cup Final victory over Montreal at the Chicago Stadium.
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POSTED ON Thursday, 05.03.2012 / 3:29 PM
By Harvey Wittenberg - Web Contributor / The Blackhawks Blog


Hall of Fame goalie Ed Belfour won his third William Jennings Trophy on May 3, 1995, for allowing the fewest goals in a season. Belfour boasted a 2.37 goals-against average, including 5 shutouts, and let in just 115 goals.
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